A brilliant entrepreneur and financier whose tenacity was tested in the wild and dusty frontier of gold-rush era Los Angeles, Isaias Wolf Hellman was one of the most influential individuals in the history of early California. Integral to the expansion of Wells Fargo Bank, the establishment of the University of Southern California and the financing of the burgeoning oil industry, Hellmans meteoric rise from store clerk to the upper echelons of society is chronicled in Frances Dinkelspiels meticulously researched biography.
Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist and the great-great granddaughter of Isaias Hellman. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, People, The San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Magazine and other venues. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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Added by Pamela Troy on October 9, 2008